Are High Protein Diets Safe?

By jigsaw Latest Reply 2013-08-17 14:18:20 -0500
Started 2013-08-15 19:07:54 -0500

Over the years, I've seen some questions pop up about high protein diets. There have also been some members here that utilize the concept of a high protein diet in their food plans. Apparently, there are some pros and cons to be aware of if you choose to follow a high protein diet. Here is a link that may be helpful.

9 replies

CallumB 2013-08-16 10:39:51 -0500 Report

Honestly. I don't think diabetes should affect a regular balanced diet. By lacking carbs/fats by going on a high protein diet you'll have no glycogen which is key for gaining body fat (which a lot of type 1 diabetics struggle with) and keeping healthy.

jigsaw 2013-08-16 13:02:48 -0500 Report

I pretty much agree. I have tried a couple of diets over the years, but I ended up eating a healthy, nutritionally balanced diet. Of course I monitor carbs, and eliminate unhealthy fats, and junk foods.
I suspect that one of the biggest risks of specialty diets, is not meeting all the bodies nutritional requirements. This could certainly be the case long term. One should be diligent in working with there doctors and monitoring the overall effect should they choose a special diet.

Nick1962 2013-08-16 10:39:43 -0500 Report

I learned that I need about 2.7 grams per pound of body weight daily (or your weight x .37). A little more on strenuous days. When I started experimenting with my new diet, I was doing about 4g/lb and that led to ketosis (which I wish not to occur again) and anything lower than 2g/lb leaves me weak and sluggish.

jigsaw 2013-08-16 13:11:45 -0500 Report

I know you keep abreast of nutritional info and it's effects on your body!
I suspect it's an ever evolving process of fine tuning a diet to ones specific needs through time. Good to see that you came up with the right calculation and combination for your situation.

Nick1962 2013-08-17 14:18:20 -0500 Report

It’s been a frustrating education. When I first experienced keto when I started my diet, I backed off on the protein, and my blood work showed that I was on target. 4 months and 25 pounds later the blood work showed elevated levels again, so I cut back again. This cycle continued for about 3 years before it dawned on me while I was driving a small rental car – gas mileage. This crappy little car got great gas mileage, but of course it was half as heavy as my small truck too. At 286 pounds, my fuel needs were way different than they are now at 170. I’m getting better mileage out of my protein (of course dropping 100+ lbs of cargo helps too).
I do have to say though in defense of higher protein diets, it sure does help in rebuilding cells after injuries or in my case surgery. The amino acids produced after protein breaks down also helps break down other food so you get the most out of what you eat. Like anything else though, there is a threshold at which one can take it too far.

GabbyPA 2013-08-16 07:50:29 -0500 Report

Balance is always the key. Finding the balance that works for each of us is different and it also depends on our overall goals. High protein can mess with kidneys and your heart, but so can high sugar. I suppose it's a matter of picking what your ultimate desire is.

jigsaw 2013-08-16 20:30:21 -0500 Report

You've said it so nice and neatly. Not only is balance the key, in the long run, it's imperative!

Getright65 2013-08-16 08:00:25 -0500 Report

i,t is a lot of planning for me i find my seft eating the same allthe blood sugar reading are ok only check once a day.

jigsaw 2013-08-16 20:34:21 -0500 Report

Sounds like all that planning is working for you. What manages your diabetes successfully and keeps you healthy in the long run, is the bottom line.